I never thought I could be a vegetarian but lately my opinions on food are changing. I have seen that you can still get enough of your protein intake from plant based subjects.
I recently met up with Amy from African.Rawr – Amy has a website that teaches people all about eating Raw foods and she creates the most awesome vegan recipes. The name came from the fact that she is from Africa, all the products she uses are Raw earthly, natural ingredients and the ‘R’ at the end for a lions ROAR.
Amy became a vegan 6 years ago due to ethical reasons.
It was very interesting to hear some of the reasons she made this ethical decision such as the incorrect standards of “Free Range” and how many poultry farms do not follow the correct farming methods. It was also very sad to learn that a chickens life span is 8 years however due to the high consumption rate chickens now have a lifespan of 6 months, get little to no sunlight and are injected with hormones to ensure that they reach an edible “size” by the time they are 6 months. Have you ever seen the size of a Woolworths steamed chicken breast? You would swear it was a mini pterodactyl.
Amy’s parents are both vegetarians and since the day Amy decided that she wanted to become a vegan her mother has spent time cooking with her in the kitchen so she would learn about what she is putting into her body and how to cook it herself.
Amy discovered she had an absolute passion & love for cooking.
Amy has had skin problems for many years – being someone who has also suffered from skin issues I really sympathized with Amy. At one stage Amy was taking 16 pills a day prescribed by doctors to fight her skin battle.
Amy decided that she no longer wanted to put chemicals into her body and wanted to find a natural alternative & remedy for her skin, so she stopped all the medication and started doing research to find herself a natural remedy. She was overwhelmed by what she found on the internet people healing themselves of cancers and disease through raw food consumption.
Amy had found an alternative and from that day onwards made a promise to herself that the days of chemical pills and medication were done and that she would be dedicated to clearing her skin through raw, organic foods.
Amy believes that in order for you to be perfectly healthy your emotional & physical self needs to be in perfect balance. She believes that when you are at your happiest – things really start working out for you.
So Amy began her African Rawr food journey educating others on the benefits of eating raw food & creating delicious recipes to help them on their journey.
The African Rawr website is simple yet beautifully composed. Her food photography is an art on its own & the recipes are easy to follow.
RAW VEGAN MAYO & MOCK-CHICKEN MAYO SALAD
RAW VEGAN ICE-CREAM SANDWICHES
Many people think its expensive to eat this way and that is incredibly difficult to find the ingredients.
We believe that eating from big chains such as Woolworths or Pick n Pay are our only options and that there are no other alternatives.
However there are many local grocers and markets who sell fresh ORGANIC produce. Did you know that we have no “ ORGANIC BOARD” in South Africa – therefore the products labeled as “ Organic” may not always meet the standards of actually being organic.
What is ORGANIC?
The word Organic‘ means living’, and in practical terms, this means natural food that is grown and processed without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. Nothing unnatural is allowed so there are no growth hormones, antibiotics, preservatives, dyes, chemical coatings or irradiation allowed. There is no genetic engineering allowed in organic foods.
Organic food is nothing more than pure nutritional food – the way it used to be.
There is a wealth of information available about the dangers of pesticides both to ourselves and to our environment. The hazards for human health include increased risk of cancer, reproductive problems and neurological damage.
Here are a list of suggestions where you can go and buy fresh organic produce each week and how awesome that we will start to support the little man – the ones who need it most. Its really awesome to see South Africa hopping on the health wagon, we are living in a very exciting time. I for one am most definitely going to start supporting small business and eating more organic food.
Bryaston Organic Market
Every Thursday and Saturday
9.00 am to 3.00 pm
Every Tuesday evening
from mid November until
5.00 pm to 9.00 pm
CELL: +27 82 779 7843
FAX: +27 86 511 7741
You can order online & they deliver.
I was really blown away by the Fresh Earth site – you can buy all your health products online as well as get delicious recipes, book cooking classes and catering for all your future events.
Another really awesome project is the Inner city Farm
“Our organic vegetable garden is in the heart of Jozi and we sell our produce to the Community, Retail Stores, Small Businesses and directly to the public”.
FOLLOW THEM: https://www.facebook.com/BertramsInnerCityFarm/info
Meeting up with Amy was so inspiring, one of the most important things I learnt from her is that your lifestyle should be suistainable, something that is not going to make your weight fluctuate ( weight lost should be consistent ), mood or any other area of your life – it should be suistainable and customisable.
Eating Raw food gives Amy energy and mental clarity and he skin problems are on the road to recovery. Amy now has so much energy she wants to run further than ever before & I laughed when she says she wakes up every morning wanting to dance.
Amy hopes to open up a Vegan, Raw food restaurant soon and I have no doubt with her passion and knowledge on raw food her restaurant will be a huge success.
Amy, Thank you for inspiring me to be more conscious of what I put into my body, I now know that there are other alternatives and that I can make a better informed decision.